My cats are now master mousers!

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Living near a lot of farms, and with me feeding the birds, we tend to see a lot of mice outside the apartments. They aren’t your regular tiny mice. These are field mice which are bigger – their body is like 3-4 inches long not including the tail. One time a regular mouse, or maybe a baby field mouse, got in an Jewel caught it like INSTANTLY and killed it. Whenever one of the bigger mice comes in Jewel will chase it but refuses to catch it. Harley tends to stay away from it, he prefers to watch from a difference.  Harley totally freaked out when one walked across his paw one day. We were yelling at him to catch it but he was literally frozen he was so scared.


Last Thursday me and tony were both up getting ready when we heard a ton of commotion in the living room. The cats were playing with a big mouse. Eventually Jewel caught it and “gave” it to Harley who had absolutely no clue what to do with it.  Harley has always been an indoor cat and is front declawed. The injured mouse ran down the hall leaving a trail of blood. Jewel caught it and dropped it batting it around outside Tony’s closet. Harley smelt the blood and his instincts must have kicked it. He started growling this deep-from-the-belly type growl. Then he started smacking it around and inevitably the mouse ended up IN Tony’s closet.   I carefully pulled out the folded stuff on the bottom one at a time while Tony cleaned up all the blood, that by then was all over the rug and walls from them batting the mouse around. Eventually there was no where for the mouse to hide and Harley found him and knocked him out of the closet into our bathroom.  By this time Jewel was really antsy just watching. Harley was so scared to bite the mouse. Every time he would bite it, he would get scared when it moved. We kept telling him what a good boy he was when he tried to bite it and eventually he got up the courage to actually bite it. It wasn’t long before he was biting it and shaking it around in his mouth. After a while I was like “OK enough playing I need to go to work” but when we tried to get the mouse from him he started that evil growl again! Eventually we got it from him and gave them both wet food as a reward.  Harley had never been able to catch a mouse before, although he is pretty good at catching fly’s.  He was always scared of them, but I guess watching Jewel he finally learned! 


While we were making a shopping list this Tuesday,  I heard Jewel running across the rug, turned my head and saw her grab a mouse! That sucker was BIG! She had been laying down all morning in the hallway, facing the front door. She must have seen him come under the weather strip and pounced! Harley trotted down the hall after Jewel and after she made it to the bedroom she turned around and started snarling and growling at him! She was hiding with it, still dangling in her mouth, under a chair. Tony walked in, I grabbed Harley and Jewel dropped the mouse which luckily by then was dead.  I didn’t want to play chase again last week.  Tony bagged it and took it to the dumpster while I gave the cats some wet food as a reward. At first Jewel seemed upset that “Daddy” got to “have” the mouse and she didn’t but once she realized she was getting the wet food she calmed down. 


Jewel let him have the first one, so she wanted the last one for herself. Now they both sit watching the front door most of the day just waiting for the next one.  We really don’t think there are any more by our apartment, we only ever saw the one in the font and one in the back.  If there are more we have traps that spin shut once the mouse goes in. Actually we know there are more because if there are 2 there has to be more somewhere, but we haven’t seen any. Tony did get rid of 2 or 3 last summer and there are a few stray cats in the area who probably help out.

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